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Today's News

  • Rummage sale to benefit area programs

    The White Rock Presbyterian Church is hosting a rummage sale and Navajo taco sale on Saturday to benefit one of three missions selected by the Service Ministry Committee of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC).
    The sale goes from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The three missions selected are Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund, Young Life Camp Scholarships and Operation Christmas Child.
    • Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Navajo women who plan to return to their community after college to help their people.
    • Los Alamos Young Life Camp Scholarships helps pay for any local youth who desires to attend Lost Canyon Camp in northern Arizona for a week in the summer.
    • Operation Christmas Child is an international program that sends shoeboxes filled with toys, toiletries, school supplies and other gifts to children in need around the world.
    Members and friends of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church will be joining members of WRPC to sell Navajo tacos and fry bread.
    The House of Fellowship is in Bread Springs, about 12 miles south of Gallup. Many of the Navajo in this area live in poverty, without running water or adequate housing. Proceeds from the Navajo taco and fry bread sales will go back to this community to help alleviate the challenges of poverty.

  • Author focuses on wildflowers

    It’s a great year for wildflowers and with all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers. The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano,” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
    Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker starting at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. Littlefield is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. He has been a volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the trails maintenance crew for the U.S. Forest Service since retiring in Albuquerque in 2005. He co-authored the new book with Pearl M. Burns.
    “This unique reference work describes more than 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano Mountains, as well as neighboring ranges, including the Manzanita, San Pedro, Ortiz and other lower-elevation mountains in central portions of the state.

  • Unwanted pregnancies can be prevented

    Let’s stop unwanted pregnancies! Let’s stop abortions! Real progress has been achieved in Colorado.
    Recent articles in the New York Times, Santa Fe New Mexican and other publications have reported that the birthrate among teenagers in Colorado plummeted by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013 and teenage abortions dropped by 42 percent.
    There was a similar decline in births for another group of particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.
    The changers were particularly pronounced in the poorest areas of the state where jobs are scarce and unplanned births come often to the young.
    These astonishing results were not the consequence of abstinence curricula, but rather an aggressive outreach program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
    Using funds from a private grant provided by the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation (named for the billionaire investor Warren Buffet’s late wife), more than 30,000 long-lasting contraceptive devices, such as intrauterine device, known as IUDs, and contraceptive implants, were distributed at 68 family planning clinics across the state.

  • A sense of duty

    A Boy Scout takes an oath to become a Scout, “On my honor I will do my duty to God and my country and to help other people at all times and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” It is as simple as that.
    To become an American Legionnaire, one does not take an oath because one will have already done that when he/she raises their hand and swears to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and to defend our country against all enemies foreign and domestic. One then dons the uniform of the United States of America military service then become a veteran. The motto of the Legion is “For God and Country.”
    Both are very similar as to allegiance in the purpose and goals of each organization.
    The image of The American Legion may be that of a bunch of old men sitting around, drinking beer and swapping war stories. There may be something to that because veterans do drink beer, but the bulk of conversation is not war stories. It is about family, friends and just plain everyday conversation.
    The common bond is not spoken but it is there. Part of that bond is a sense of duty to something more than one’s own self.

  • UNM-LA names Rooney as interim executive director

    Cynthia Rooney has been appointed to serve as the full-time interim executive director of the UNM-Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico announced on its website Wednesday.
    The announcement came from the office of UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah.
    “Los Alamos is a campus of vital importance to UNM and will need strong leadership to pursue emerging opportunities for that campus,” Abdallah said. “We believe Dr. Rooney’s unique set of skills, experience, and commitment will enable her to do just that. The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and I are extraordinarily pleased for her willingness to take on this role.”
    Rooney has been UNM-LA’s dean of instruction since July 2013. She previously served the campus as associate dean and as the chair of the Business Department. Her teaching interests and research have primarily been in financial accounting and auditing, with appointments at the College of William and Mary, Xavier University, and the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

  • Today in history July 23
  • Medical chopper touches down at Nature Center

    Medics and crew of Classic Air Medical did a special landing at Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday evening. The crew touched down the helicopter, which is currently parked at Los Alamos Airport, in the nature center's parking lot and let kids and adults explore the interior of the chopper.

  • Governor to be at Nature Center today

    Governor Susana Martinez will make an appearance in Los Alamos today.
    Martinez is scheduled to appear at Los Alamos Nature Center at 10 a.m. to announce new research showing the New Mexico True campaign has improved perception of the state.
    According to an announcement from the governor's office, the campaign "vastly improves out-of-state perceptions of New Mexico as a great place to live, work and do business."
    The nature center is located at 2600 Canyon Road.

  • Japan to start from scratch on Tokyo Olympic stadium plan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs Friday and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue.

    "We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters after a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. "The cost has ballooned just too much."

    The government has been under mounting criticism as the estimated cost of the new National Stadium rose to 252 billion yen ($2 billion), nearly twice as much as the initial estimate of 130 billion yen.

    Abe said he secured the consent of Mori, a former prime minister, and instructed the sports and Olympics ministers to immediately prepare a process to choose a new stadium plan.

    "I have been listening to the voices of the people and the athletes for about a month now, thinking about the possibility of a review," Abe said. "We will minimize the cost as much as we can and make one that is best and realistic."

  • Water Main break on Rover Boulevard

    A water main break, located directly across the street from the White Rock Municipal Complex,  has cut traffic off from Rover Boulevard. As of noon Wednesday, county utility workers have just begun working on fixing the break. According to those at the scene, the break is in a line that is directly connected to the complex, no other businesses or residences are affected, and businesses in the shopping center are still open.